just to prove the song four of us met up at Charing on a very hot and humid day with a silly idea of walking to Ashford
Thinking we were in the legion we set off across country led by our intrepid leader using a well worn map . In true form it did not take us long to get lost but he soon had us back on our tracks passing the local abattoir , not that we stopped for a closer look.
Passing many fields full of wheat that look ready for cutting we eventually found a lovely wooded section that gave a short respite from the blazing sun . Then on to and across Hothfield common where we were greeted with a site unfamiliar to Kent of 16 highland cattle , at first sheltering from the sun but as we got nearer they wandered into a very close view .
After finally leaving the common we passed through the village of Hothfield but not before we called into the local village shop for a desperately needed ice cream .
Trying to ignore the heat, but not succeeding we trod on through the village of Chart , here it took a great deal of will power not to stop at the local pub.
After only a few hundred yards along the A28 we cut across country to Ashford and our final destination of he railway station. This was a short walk of only about 8 miles but due to the heat and the simple fact we are all getting too old it took us 5 hours
Pagan sign on tree at start of walk